SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to act on complaints from Filipinos overseas voters that the name of the candidate they voted for did not appear on the voting receipts generated by the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.
“I am losing votes, only me. My votes are credited to others. This is happening to me alone,” Marcos said in an interview in Makati City (Metro Manila).
“The latest complaint was in California where the voter was even scolded by the Board of Election Inspectors(BEI) who told the voter to go home after tearing the voter’s receipt,” the senator added.
He said many similar complaints have reached their camp.
“The moment we receive the complaint, we approach the person and assist him in submitting the complaint to the Comelec,” according to Marcos.
So far, incidents of dagdag-bawas (vote padding-vote shaving) have been reported in Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuwait, Okinawa (Japan) and the United States.
Many incidents were also posted on social media, particularly on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Sandro Marcos, 22, eldest son of the vice presidential aspirant, said he created a Snapshot account for his father so he could monitor the social media postings.
The Marcoses are avid followers of social media trends.
“I feel I am still part of it,” the elder Marcos told social media reporters. He said he was the author of the law that created the Youth Commission.
At the same time, the senator pushed for a Magna Carta for Call Center Workers as he cited the many labor and health issues facing them.
With more than one million call center agents in the country, Marcos said there is a need to address their working conditions to make sure these are in line with international labor standards.
“There are reports that many of our workers in the call center industry do not get proper compensation that is based on international standards. There is need for a specific body to make sure that they are not discriminated upon,” he added.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago had filed Senate Bill 57 or the Magna Carta for Call Center Workers to enforce the right of call center workers to organize and establish regulations to ensure their welfare.
Marcos said there is also a need to look into various health issues being faced by call center workers.
According to a study by the International Labor Organization, call center workers face serious health risks that include high blood pressure, sleep disorders, diabetes and obesity.
“This is because call center workers work long hours and usually during the graveyard shift. They spend most of their time sitting down in a high-pressure environment. Such situation puts a toll on their health and we have to protect them,” Marcos said.